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Senegal looking to make amends against Madagascar

Senegal’s tournament did not start on a fairy-tale note as they went down 50-3 to Kenya U20 in the opening fixture of this year’s U20 Barthes Trophy played at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday 26 June. 

They however have an opportunity to correct their wrongs when they take on Madagascar U20 on Saturday 3 July at the same venue. The two teams are no strangers to each other, they last met in this very tournament in 2015. Senegal walked away 34-32 winners. 

And their Captain Ameth Sarr is confident that they will make amends this time and come out with another victory. “Our last game was not one that we hoped for but we have another chance to make it right this weekend. We have watched Madagascar and they play a very fast-paced game. Our training has incorporated such and we are ready for the game,” says Sarr. 

Ameth Sarr managed the only points Senegal scored against Kenya, a penalty goal, and he is hoping his team can capitalize on more mistakes made by their opponents. 

“We are ready for everything and anything they throw our way and we will make sure to capitalize on any opportunity that presents itself,” adds Sarr.

“Our discipline against Kenya was not at par with what we had planned but the team has had enough time to work on that,” concludes Sarr.
Despite a few injuries against Kenya on Saturday, Sarr insists that they have a fully fit squad ready to battle Madagascar. 

Senegal will take on Madagascar in a 1.30 pm kickoff at the Nyayo National Stadium as part of the “Super Saturday” international rugby bonanza. 

21 days to the Barthes U20 Trophy

Organized by Rugby Africa, the Barthes U20 Trophy is the official African rugby championship for national teams in the Under 20 age bracket.

The Barthes Trophy has unearthed future stars of the African game over the years and continues to serve as a talent identification platform and elite player pathway.

It is held on an annual basis and the winners of the competition earn the right to represent the African continent at the World Rugby Junior Trophy.

In 2019, Kenya hosted and won the competition, defeating the then champions Namibia 21-18. The team went on to finish sixth at that year’s World Rugby Junior Trophy tournament in Brazil.

In early 2020, Rugby Africa granted Barthes Trophy hosting rights to the Kenya Rugby Union for a three year period until 2022.

Unfortunately, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition could not be held in 2020.

This year’s competition will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi from 24 June to 3 July and features four teams led by the defending champions Kenya, Namibia, Senegal and Madagascar.

Barthes U20 Trophy 2021

Organized by Rugby Africa, the Barthes U20 Trophy is the official African rugby championship for national teams in the Under 20 age bracket.


The Barthes Trophy has unearthed future stars of the African game over the years and continues to serve as a talent identification platform and elite player pathway.


This year’s competition will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi from 24 June to 3 July and features four teams led by the defending champions Kenya, Namibia, Senegal and Madagascar, the event will be hosting approximately 100 players, 30 technical bench members and 20 match officials.

Uniquely the average age of the players are between 17 – 20 years old, To that regard a huge affinity of their peers and parents will be keen to follow what will be a first for many of these players.


Unfortunately, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition could not be held in 2020.  


It is held on an annual basis and the winners of the competition earn the right to represent the African continent at the World Rugby Junior Trophy.


In 2019, Kenya hosted and won the competition,defeating the then champions Namibia 21-18. The team went on to finish sixth at that year’s World Rugby Junior Trophy tournament in Brazil.


In early 2020, Rugby Africa granted Barthes Trophy hosting rights to the Kenya Rugby Union for a three year period until 2022.